Apart from making a fabulous facial toner, Witch Hazel & Rose Water also have many other benefits including a natural postpartum remedy to make your lady parts feel heaps better.
Hammamelis virginiana, commonly known as witch hazel, is a plant native to North America and is a safe and inexpensive choice for proper perineal care.
Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins that can help reduce swelling and fight bacteria, which in turn decreases pain and helps prevent infection," says Dr. Kasper. It also has hemostatic properties, which means it can help stop minor bleeding
Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, a board-certified OB-GYN, explains that witch hazel is an astringent, which means it dries, shrinks, and tightens tissue by pulling water out of it. Additionally, witch hazel is acidic — and so are healthy vaginas.
"Witch hazel is a fantastic thing that new moms can safely apply to the vagina to not only lessen postpartum bleeding and postpartum pain, but also to lessen the risk of developing postpartum vaginal infections."-Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman
How to use Witch Hazel for Vaginal health?
- Midwifery Today notes that witch hazel can be safely applied directly to the perineum or you can try soaking a cloth in cold water, wringing it out thoroughly and putting witch hazel on it before applying to the perineum. The Mayo Clinic agrees that witch hazel is a safe perineum treatment and suggests placing chilled witch hazel pads on your perineum to aid in the soothing and healing process.
- You can also simply fill a little spray bottle with witch hazel and spray away. This spray is a healing and safer choice than many store-bought sprays.
- After you use the bathroom fill your postpartum vaginal perineal bottle with warm water and a dash of witch hazel - squirt onto your perineal area to cleanse and help reduce swelling.
Witch hazel pads and sprays can also be used to help treat and soothe postnatal hemorrhoids as well. Follow the directions above except applying pads and sprays to the haemorrhoids.
Many Witch Hazel products out there have heaps of alcohol so make sure you get an alcohol-free Witch Hazel like Back 2 Nature's Rose Water and Witch Hazel toner.
Rosewater is great for your labia because it's full of antioxidants, helps to treat infections, and also helps to soothe skin irritation.
Witch Hazel & Rose Water review:
“After my natural childbirth, there wasn’t much that soothed the healing process, until I discovered pouring some of my Back 2 Nature witch hazel toner on some maternity pads and sticking them over a bowl in the freezer. The healing felt as though it sped up tremendously! This product is officially a multi-use MUST have for new mammas after natural birth 😍”